Daily Archives: April 29, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: A “Cowful”

Video Feature:  Baxter Black: A “Cowful”

Baxter Black offers a rather detailed definition for what a “cowful” can add up to. From US Farm Report.


Resolution urged defending right to raise animals

Resolution urged defending right to raise animals

Bob Watson

News Tribune

Missouri senators should join the House and send a proposed constitutional amendment protecting Missourians’ right to raise animals to a statewide vote.

That was the message Wednesday afternoon from a coalition of agriculture groups at a Capitol news conference urging Senate passage of a resolution proposing to add language to the state Constitution’s "Bill of Rights."

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Pew Statement on Congressional Hearing Regarding Antibiotic Resistance and the Threat to Public Health

Pew Statement on Congressional Hearing Regarding Antibiotic Resistance and the Threat to Public Health


Laura Rogers, project director of the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, issued the following statement Wednesday, commenting on a hearing of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, where representatives of the Obama administration are expected to present testimony regarding the need to protect Americans from the growing problem of antibiotic resistance:

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Eliminating Weeds Could Put More Cows On Pasture

Eliminating Weeds Could Put More Cows On Pasture


A weed calculator developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist tells ranchers the number of additional cows they could raise if they eliminated one or two widespread exotic invasive weeds.

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Business-Like Approach Prevents Hobby Loss Audits

Business-Like Approach Prevents Hobby Loss Audits

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

In hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profit-oriented venture. Many cases that have ruled in favor of the taxpayer in livestock activities involve people who developed a superior line of animal. Taking a scientific approach to breeding is evidence showing a businesslike approach to the activity.

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Q&A:   What do the corn processors remove to get hominy?

Q&A:   What do the corn processors remove to get hominy?

Dr. Terry Mader, Professor of Animal Science University of Nebraska

A:    Hominy traditional is a by-product of the dry corn milling (not necessarily related to ethanol production) process whereby the starch granules are extracted in a dry form to make brewers grits, cornmeal, and related products.

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Stockpiling forage saves feed dollars

Stockpiling forage saves feed dollars

Roy Roberson

Southeast Farm Press

Cattle and forage producers at a recent field day at the Butner Beef Cattle Field Laboratory in Bahama, N.C, saw the benefits of stockpiled fescue forages to a winter beef cattle feeding program.

Extension Livestock Commodity Coordinator Matt Poore, says stockpiled forage is more nutritious, leads to better animal performance, reduces environmental impact of winter feeding and is more economical than mechanical harvest with hay or silage feeding.

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Virginia Angus Leader in “second life” Floyd Dominy Passes

Virginia Angus Leader in “second life” Floyd Dominy Passes

Washington Post

Big Dam Builder and Public Servant Glen Canyon Dam Builder, Floyd E. Dominy, 100, died April 20, 2010 at his home, "Bellevue Farm," in Boyce, Virginia.  . . .

Bellevue Farm became a symbol of excellence for Virginia Angus cattle and received the "Get of Sire Award" from the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association in 1978 and in 1979. In addition, Dominy was named "1979 Seed Stock Producer of the Year" for Virginia.

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Nearly 3,000 pound steer sold at MT auction

Nearly 3,000 pound steer sold at MT auction


A nearly 3,000 pound Hereford who kept the herd in line on an Avon cattle ranch for years has been sold for $1,670 at auction.

Owner and breeder Bill McIntosh says he hates to see Cletus go, but he’s got to be practical and beef prices are up.      

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Rotation plan for cattle insecticide ear tags

Rotation plan for cattle insecticide ear tags

Brandon Sears Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Richmond Register

Insecticide impregnated cattle ear tags have been a popular means of pasture fly (horn fly and face fly) control for over 20 years. The insecticide in them is transferred to the animal’s hair coat as it grooms and rubs. Insecticide protection lasts for 12 to 16 weeks and the fly control program travels with the animal as it goes from pasture to pasture.

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Hurt Predicts Record Beef Prices

Hurt Predicts Record Beef Prices


Even though retailers are trying to keep beef prices down, consuming beef this spring and summer could be more expensive, eclipsing the third quarter of 2008 when the average retail beef price hit a record $4.46 per pound. Purdue University Extension Economist Dr. Chris Hurt says retailers have reduced their margins.

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Farm home to rarity — triplet calves

Farm home to rarity — triplet calves

Jeremiah Tucker

Portage Daily Register

Born on a cold, rainy April evening, a set of calf triplets have become instant local celebrities.

Roger Spear, who was there when the red angus calves were born on his parents’ farm in eastern Sauk County’s town of Merrimac, said area ranchers and farmers had never seen a cow give birth to triplets.

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Addressing DNA Technology In Beef Cattle

Addressing DNA Technology In Beef Cattle


The use of DNA technology, past, present and future, in beef cattle will be addressed at a June 7 conference at the US Meat Animal Research Centre in Clay Centre.

Attendees will learn about recent advances in the application of DNA technology as it relates to making selection decisions in beef cattle, said Matt Spangler, UNL Extension beef genetics specialist.

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Silent Partner

Silent Partner

Becky Mills

Angus Journal

William and Linda Rushton are fully committed to using top artificial insemination (AI) sires in their Angus herd. But William’s banking career and Linda’s full-time job in a real estate office don’t leave many daylight hours for their cattle, especially during their January-February breeding season. To add to the challenge, the Saluda, S.C., couple do all the work themselves.

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Where’s the Beef? Circuit Asks in Grazing Flap

Where’s the Beef? Circuit Asks in Grazing Flap

The Westerner

The 9th Circuit ruled that an Oregon cattle rancher who won a permit to use federal grazing lands must prove that it is not harboring someone else’s cows on the land. "The issue in this case boils down to a simple question: Where’s the beef?"

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